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Daddy's Little Girl Paperback – Large Print, Feb 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Paper); Lrg edition (February 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743261313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743261319
  • Shipping Weight: 503 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews
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From Publishers Weekly

Writing in the first person a rarity for this veteran author has inspired and energized Clark. Her 21st novel of intrigue is her best in years, a tightly woven, emotionally potent tale of suspense and revenge. Clark's new heroine is Atlanta investigative journalist Ellie Cavanaugh, who was seven when her sister, Andrea, 15, was beaten to death by 20-year-old Rob Westerfield, scion of the wealthiest family in a small Westchester town. Now Westerfield is up for parole, so Ellie, now 30, returns home to speak out against him. When Westerfield is released, Ellie begins to write a book aimed at re-proving his guilt. Digging for evidence, she uncovers clues that Westerfield may have committed another murder as a youth, but that digging also enrages the Westerfields and other town members who think the man was railroaded. Before long, Ellie's life is in danger, as someone breaks into the house she's staying in, then later sets fire to it, nearly killing her, and as Westerfield himself begins to shadow her moves. What makes this novel work isn't only the considerable tension Clark teases from Ellie's precarious position, but the thoughtful backgrounding to the action. Ellie is cast as a lonely woman, without a lover and estranged from her father and half-brother: will she accept one or the other into her guarded life?; and she carries a heavy load of guilt for her sister's death, wondering at times if she is blinded by her thirst for vengeance. With its textured plot, well-sketched secondary characters, strong pacing and appealing heroine, this is Clark at her most winning. (On sale, Apr. 16)
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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At the parole hearing for Donald Waring, Trish Duncan begins to wonder whether he was wrongly convicted of killing her sister 20 years ago.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"My sister, Andrea, was murdered nearly twenty three years ago, yet it seems as though it was just yesterday." Mary Higgins Clark's Daddy's Little Girl, centers around just that; the murder of a loved one. Clark displays the obsessions of one woman, and the lengths and risks she goes to in order to uncover a mystery. With a constant change of setting and a never ending list of characters, this book becomes a journey through one's life and emotions. Through just the right amount of suspense and thrill, Clark achieves a frightening, and greatly anticipated ending to her story.
Beginning in the childhood of a seven-year-old, Ellie Cavanaugh faces the tragedy of her sister Andrea's murder. Rob Westerfield, Andrea's teenage sweetheart, comes from one of the most powerful and prominent families of Westchester County. Following an agonizing trial, he gets charged with the murder and put behind bars. As a successful investigative reporter twenty-three years later, Ellie is still not satisfied. After moving back to Westchester County, she contacts many relatives and friends in search of valuable information for the website she builds. Her goal is to prove Rob's guilt to the public, and stop his release from jail. As suspected, the Westerfield family discovers Ellie and her plans, and with all of their power refuse to rest until she gets "taken care of."
With impact, the setting of this book plays a considerable role in Ellie's investigation. She returns to her home town, where the murder took place, in order to dig up old information, not earlier discovered. Her childhood, along with other countless memories continually come up, which make Ellie only more eager to incriminate Westerfield. Rob's grandmother's garage, the murder site, was also the secret meeting place of Andrea and Rob.
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Format: Hardcover
Ellie Cavanaugh was seven years old when she found the body of Andrea, her fifteen year old sister, in the hideout. The hideout was in the garage behind old Mrs. Westerfield's house. It was little Ellie's testimony that put Andrea's boyfriend, Rob Westerfield, in prison for the murder. The stress and depression tore the family apart.
After twenty years Rob was coming up for parole. With his family's influence and money there was no doubt he would be released this time. The family also had an author writing Rob's life story to gain public sympathy.
Ellie had grown up and became an investigative reporter with the Atlanta News. She returned to her hometown to make sure Rob was not acquitted. Most believed Rob innocent of Andrea's death. As Ellie investigated and posted her findings on the web for the world to see, she became targeted for murder.
***** Mary Higgins Clark had not written this well in several years. I found it to be MUCH better than her last few novels! Clark seems to have found her muse once again! Highly recommended! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch.
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Format: Hardcover
When Andrea Cavanaugh was 15 years old, her little sister Ellie was 7. The sisters, though 8 years apart, spend time together and share secrets. When Andrea is brutally murdered, the daddy that Ellie adores makes Ellie regret keeping her sister's secret by saying, "if only you'd told us..." and the seed is planted in Ellie's mind that it was her fault that her older sister had to die. Ellie sees her father grieve but cannot reach out to him to share her own grief; she spends time remembering how special Andrea had been to her daddy and her grief is further complicated by guilt and longing to be able to touch her daddy.
At least she is able to help put the man who killed her sister, Robson Westerfield, behind bars. But that doesn't keep the family together, and Ellie and her father become estranged.
When her sister's killer is paroled and for reasons you'll discover in the book, wants a retrial to prove his innocence, Ellie becomes involved in following a complex trail of Rob's past crimes. There are a few untied strings at the end when people who help Ellie just vanish from the story, and sometimes all the people who step forward to help her so brazenly seems a bit unrealistic - plus, even many of the people who believe in Rob's innocence are still quite kind and helpful to Ellie. Regardless, there are plenty of challenges for Ellie as she determines to use all of her skill as well as her memories and love for her sister to prevent Rob from getting his way and getting away scot-free to torture someone else. But the biggest lesson she learns along the way is that though she is tough, determined, intelligent, and willing to do all she can to bring Rob to justice - sometimes you just have to accept some help, and sometimes nothing - not even loss through murder - can take away Daddy's Little Girl.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was a major disappointment. First Rob, who was the prime suspect for the murder, turned out to be the murderer! That's bad enough but throughout the whole book, he's the ONLY suspect. Nobody even entertains the possibility that someone else could be the murderer! What's so suspenseful about that? I mean, if Rob was a suspect and they figured out that someone else was the killer, or even if Rob was cleared and we found out that hey he was the murderer after all, that might have been interesting. But not this.
Then there are the other "suspects". There's that mysterious salesman that was around the time of the murder. Clark gives this piece of information and then does absolutely nothing with it. It sounds as if the police make little to no effort to find this guy. And of course there's Paul. I don't get what Clark was trying to do with this character. He's never a very bright guy, but one minute it's just like, he's probably not going to get into college anytime soon, and the next he's 3 IQ points away from being mentally challenged and the big bad Rob is taking advantage of Paul the feeb.
And was anyone else expecting something different from the title "Daddy's Little Girl"? When I first picked up this book, I thought it might have been possible that there was something going on between "Daddy" and Andrea. That would have been a lot more interesting than what Clark wrote.
All in all, I had a lot of ideas about what was going to happen in this book, and it turns out the reality was way less than what I expected.
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